The Business Dictionary defines a ‘professional body’ as a; “Trade association of an organised profession that certifies successful completion of its requirements, and thereupon awards a license and bestows a recognised appellation (designation). Professional bodies usually prescribe a discretionary or mandatory code of conduct for their members.” The question arises – do these associations add value for their members?
Mark Orpen, Chairman of The Institute of People Development (IPD), believes that they do. “Professionalism is incredibly important in the skills development (SD) and learning and development (L&D) environment,” says Orpen. “However,